Grand Mariner are three dudes from New Jersey that don’t really like the beach that much despite sounding like they were raised on a healthy diet of King of the Beach and Afraid of Heights. Happy to Birth is a scuzzy EP full of scuzzy surf-punk anthems, but you probably could’ve figured that out from reading the tracklist which includes titles like “Summer Wars”, “Unforgiving Sun” and “Dolphin Blood (beachparty)”. The tracklist serves as a pretty fair warning, if you’re not down for some fun in the sun this EP isn’t for you. What really separates the band however, is when they diverge a bit from surf-rock proper. “Bathroom Show” is 40 seconds of lo-fi bliss in the campfire sing-along spirit of Animal Collective’s “College”. Even “Haunted Surfboard” only uses traces of surf-punk to construct a claustrophobic trip that pushes their vocalists beyond what is presented on the rest of the album. Of course, I don’t want to get down to hard on their unashamed surf songs either. “Max Milwaukee”, “Dolphin Blood” and “Summer Wars” are three of the catchiest guitar-lead tracks I’ve heard in a long time. It’s basically summer anyway.